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Gameday: Phillies (41-34) at Reds (43-35)

Posted by Pat Gallen, Wed, June 30, 2010 11:40 AM | Comments: 207
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Philadelphia Phillies (41-34) at Cincinnati Reds (43-35)

Roy Halladay, RHP (9-6, 2.29 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang, RHP (6-7, 5.07 ERA)

Time: 12:35, Great American Ballpark
Weather: Sunny, 77
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Twitter: @philliesnation

Game 1 of the Post-Utley/Polanco Experiment went about as well as it could go. Wilson Valdez played second base and hit a three-run bomb. The Phillies won the game, the Braves and Mets lost, and all is well with the world. Greg Dobbs went hitless, but we’ll give him a pass after the roller-coaster ride the team put everyone on. Dobbs tenure at third will be of the day-to-day variety, it would seem.

To today’s matchup, where Roy Halladay looks for double digits in wins for the sixth straight season. He’s faced the Reds twice in his career and has gone 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA. Who would you rather have on the mound with a series win at stake? Lets do it…

Aaron Harang is opposite the Doc and has been relatively sub-par this year, and for the previous two years as well. Over his past 71 starts, Harang has just 18 victories against 38 losses. The Phillies have shelled him over nine career starts, as he’s given up 32 earned runs over just 54 innings of work. After last night’s wild victory, an easier way to win would be to have Doc shut down a touch Cincy lineup and have Harang implode early. Seems possible given the circumstances.

LINEUP: Victorino CF, Dobbs 3B, Rollins SS, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Valdez 2B, Sardinha C, Halladay P
Konigshoeven Blond Trappist Ale
Your Gameday Beer- Samuel Adams Latitude 48

As part of the Sam Adams Brewmaster’s Collection, and one of the newest to grace the Sam name, Latitude 48 is a unique IPA brewed with a select blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere. I’ve yet to try this beer, but basically anything made by these guys is brilliant. For the early day game, have some smoked salmon for lunch, it’s a great pairing. -By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Heather

    Not game related, but beer related: I’m tempted to get the Brewmaster collection because I’ve wanted to taste this beer, but I don’t like the Blackberry Witbier in there, so I’ve always passed. Anyone actually try the Latitude 48? Any good? Worth the purchase if I’m going to throw away the two Blackberry Wibiers?

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    LETS GO PHILLIES

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Dobbs again in the second spot. Rollins then Werth. My god. Are we trying to lose.

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Pat – 7-8-9 is Valdez, Sardinha, and Halladay.

    Heather – I have the same issue, hate the Cherry Wheat (like drinking a beer with a Luden’s cherry cough drop), can stomach the Blackberry, but not a fan. I’ve tried all the rest but the Lat 48, all very good to great (esp the Creamy Stout) – wondering whether it’s worth buying a case to dump 4.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Jeff,

    when you say “we” .. I assume you’re talking about the Mets? Obviously you’re not talking about the Phillies, since you’re the biggest ANTI-FAN in the history of this blog

     
  • Posts: 0 bfo_33

    Dobbs is batting .444 against Harang career.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    NICE START

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

    rollins – CHOKE
    Werth- CHOKE

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the ball, this ain't Wrigley

    With a strike zone this wide, Hallday should have at least 10 strike outs.

    I hate umpires- their job could easily be replaced by a machine, yet they think everybody is there to see them.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

    HOWARD- CHOKE

    Just what you need form you big guys when the lineup is thin.

    GAK

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the ball, this ain't Wrigley

    If Victorino gets to third like he should have on the hit by Dobbs, he scores on Howard’s ground out. Victorino and Werth have absolutely no baseball IQ.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Mark -

    Can you keep up this commentary for the full 9-innings? That would be awesome

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the ball, this ain't Wrigley

    Tell me again why we are supposed to hate Scott Rolen? Because he thought management was too cheap, and did not show a commitment to winning. Yea, I guess that is why we should boo him.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Werth has no baseball IQ, because he struck out swinging against a Strikeout-pitcher?

    I would agree completely that Victorino does not play fundemental baseball … he’s too aggressive at the wrong time, and not aggressive enough when the right time comes along ..

    I would say that Werth is right there with Utley and Rollins in terms of baseball smarts though .. he plays hard, does the extra things that win games

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    HERE WE GO WIYH ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS!!HOW DID THAT WORK OUT LAST NIGHT???

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Don, depending on how this game goes, or lots of times it doesn’t even matter, (like last night when they won), I guarantee you will be pulling your hair out by the roots and cursing some commentors (Jeff) due to extreme negativity.

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the ball, this ain't Wrigley

    Have you ever seen Werth choke up on the bat and just swing for a single when that is what the team needs? And let’s not forget some of the brain farts in the field.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    yea I hold nothing against Rolen … or Schilling

    I think they are both a$$holes in personality, but I can’t blame either of them for not wanting to play in the Vet on a 5th place team for the rest of their careers

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

    Great job by the reulars so far

    0-4 , weak groundout , 3k’s vs. a pitcher who can’t get anybody else in the league out.

    Nice work, boys!

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the ball, this ain't Wrigley

    Also, how many 3-4 strikeout games have you seen from Werth? He is good for 2-3 a month.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    DUDE WERTH IS 1 OF THE BEST BASEBALL PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I just think its beat .. .like if you’re a Mets fan, or Braves, Nats, whoever ..

    there’s no need to just talk smack on every out the phillies make, or everytime the other team scores a run.. I highly doubt that its a Reds fan .. and so if its a fan of another team, your life must suck to be posting anti-Phillies when they aren’t even playing each other

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    I AGREE DON ITS LIKE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO WIN BY 50 EVERY NIGHT

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the ball, this ain't Wrigley

    When Werth is hot, he is one of the best baseball players in the league. When he is cold, he is painful to watch. He will get an 0-2 count before you even sit in your seat. And is good for a dirty knee strike also.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    I had a feeling Lidge was going to blow that lead last night after he didn’t get that strike call from the “ump”, but I didn’t bail on the team because you can never be sure they won’t come back to tie or win. Now, think how it’d be if you were an Orioles fan….I swear every time I see the scores post-game, the O’s have lost. We are VERY fortunate to have a team like this in our city.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok guys, we got a game with the Reds today. And that only means one thing. Bad News for the Reds.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The people who complain about Rolen now are the same people who did not even go to the games when he played here. He was an amazing player and was the shining star on some incredibly bad teams.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    I HAVE ALSO SEEN WERTH HIT A HOMERUN FROM A KNEE 2 JUST SAYIN

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    How is the good Doctors velocity today? Just found out that the game is blacked out in the Philly area – and my Comcast connection is off to work today (rat!)

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Hey did Dobbsy get his hit for the month of June?
    One can only hope he and the regulars just find that switch.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Doc looks fine, haven’t really been noticing the radar. The Reds are swinging at a lot of pitches early in the count. A lot of 1-3 pitch at-bats for the Reds. A lot of weakly hit ground balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    ROY LOOKS GOOD AND DOBBS GOT A HIT

     
  • Posts: 0 mark

    Wow. Jimmy popup’s return sure has ignited the offense,huh?
    His average has already dropped 30 points.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Does anyone else think harang kinda looks like a zombie?

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Okay Mark & Keep This Ball: You’ve now successfully picked apart the entire middle line-up and shredded Werth (who I think most of the ppl here think is one of the better players in baseball today).

    Have you used your best stuff, or should we count on more during this game? I think the people here want to enjoy the game by spending their time with some more constructive comments.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Dobbs had a nice single in the first. Victorino should have moved up to third on the hit, but misread the ball. As far as Dobbs goes, sometimes you just have to play the hand you are dealt. He can’t look any worse than he has for the past year and a half.

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    George: Franzke just called him “… the lumbering Aaron Harang.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Hm, 3 – 0 HR from Sardinha against the team that drafted him. Nice. Wow, maybe he turns out to be something.

     
  • Posts: 0 JeffS

    Sardinha? U serious?? That’s what they need – help to come from places we normally wouldn’t expect.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    There is something you don’t see every day! Way to go Sardinha!
    Its like the new look Phillies are doing more than there part.
    Another 3 run HR!

     
  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    GONE

     
  • Posts: 0 Keep the Ball, this ain't Wrigley

    I’m sorry for criticizing Werth. I guess he is filling in for Utley’s role as Golden Boy on these boards. God forbid we ever have an honest assessment of Phillie with rugged good looks.

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    3-RUN BOMB BABY

     
  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Don, anti phillies fan. Im a bigger fan then you will ever be. just because i voice my opinion. I have season tickets for 15 years. I run a sports shop and have phillies do signings. i named my two month old son chase. think im a fan.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Sardinha and Schneider have been a huge improvment over Paul Bako. I am totally convinced that in some language. “Bako” translats to “Ahh crap.”

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    Doc has thrown 34 pitches going in to bot of the 4th. Unreal!
    I think it was pretty late when I shared what Sarge said on the pre-game show last night – the Phillies PH were a combined 11 for 95 before last night. Absolutely the worst in the majors. How could that be? I’m sure I wasn’t the only dope that figured the Phils cleaned house and brought in some new blood that this bench would be much better than 09 (would not have taken much..) but its actually performed worse..

    For a while, the PH are the starters and perhaps things will be different.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    C’mon Doc

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The thing with the Phillies pinch hitters is that alot of them are getting regular playing time, so they are not pinch hitting. Like Schneider, Valdez and Castro. Gload has been fine at pinch hitting. Can’t really complain about him too much. But Ben Francisco and Dobbs have been pretty lame.

    Nice recovery by Doc there.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Did you see that Dos Equis commercial just there with the Most Interesting man in the world in the hot spring with the monkeys? I am spending $2000 to go there in December. I can’t wait.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    You have to admit, 11 for 95 is rather like having an AL pitcher with the bat in his hands.

     
 
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